How to Make a Sexy Dress

by Nicolle Gunay ; Updated September 28, 2017

Turn heads with your own handmade sexy dress.

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If you have a hot party to go to but nothing to wear, don’t worry because you can make yourself a one-of-a-kind sexy dress in no time. Making your own dress can also save you money. Hot sexy dresses can cost upwards of $50 in a store, but you can make your own sultry number for next to nothing. All you need is some knit fabric and basic sewing supplies. Even a beginning sewer can make a sexy low-plunge dress in minutes.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Knit fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Ball point or stretch needle
Step 1

Measure yourself around your hips with a measuring tape. Measure from the back of your neck over the front of your shoulder to the length you want the dress.

Step 2

Cut a rectangle out of the knit fabric with the scissors. Use your hip measurement plus 2 inches for the width, and the back of your neck to the dress length plus 2 inches for the length.

Step 3

Fold the top of the rectangle down 1/4 inch with the wrong sides facing each other. Fold it over another 1/4 inch in the same direction. Sew the fold in place on the sewing machine.

Step 4

Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise with the right sides facing each other. Sew the open ends of the long edge together on the sewing machine with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Stop 20 inches from the top. This will be the back seam.

Step 5

Fold each side of the raw edges in 1/2 inch along the 20-inch opening, with the wrong sides facing each other. Sew each side in place with a stretch stitch.

Step 6

Bring the top two corners of the fabric together with the right sides facing each other. Sew these together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. This is the halter that goes behind your neck.

Step 7

Turn the dress right side out. Fold the bottom edge of the dress up 1/2 inch with the wrong sides facing each other. Sew the hem with a stretch stitch.


  • If the front plunge is too low for you, you can sew a small rectangle of knit fabric (the same color or a different color) to the front of the dress under the plunge. Pin it place while you are wearing the dress, remove the dress, and then sew it in place by hand.


  • “Draping for Apparel Design”; Helen Joseph-Armstrong; 2000
  • “Guide to Fashion Sewing”; Connie Amaden-Crawford; 1986

Photo Credits

  • Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images

About the Author

Nicolle Gunay worked in the fashion industry for several years before becoming a teacher. She has an Associate of Science in fashion design and a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Florida Atlantic University.